Black and White and Read All Over

design, fabric, quilting, sewing

In the past few years, nearly every fabric designer — including us —  has come out with a black and white fabric line. Now the Smithsonian has published a fascinating article on the history of black and white fabric in the US. Who knew that black and white fabrics came into vogue as a result of President Woodrow Wilson’s marriage coinciding with the start of World War I, which created a dye shortage in the US? It’s a fascinating read and shows us once again that the cultural and geo-political history of fabric is full of surprises.

3 thoughts on “Black and White and Read All Over

  1. Thanks….this IS facinating, at the time we are thinking about the Pantone color of the year phenomemon, etc. I love the color card. Maybe, ….just maybe….in my next life I will be a color namer! Hope you are well, Weeks.

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